Now I am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
This morning, I along with the other moms at the bus stop were cheering and whistling as our children stepped onto the bus. After it drove away, we all looked at each other with perplexed looks in our eyes and laughed! Why were we cheering? Isn’t that something we should have saved for the first day of school? Now our kids were going to be home ALL DAY–EVERY DAY. Doesn’t that now increase the mom demands exponentially? Won’t we now need more food on hand, and won’t the house be even dirtier? Won’t the noise factor now triple? Won’t the sibling squabbles increase, too?
Ugh! I could get really depressed if I think of how my quiet lunch times out on the screened in porch will be no more….
But then….I think of all the quality time just waiting there for me to embrace with my boys. (Isn’t that what I was missing so much while they were in school?) I think of the lazy mornings when we will enjoy cartoons together and the beautiful days that await us at the beach. I think of the opportunities to talk, laugh, and wonder with them. Yes, of course, I will be refereeing them to some degree, too, but even those can be learning moments where God can reveal Himself to all of us. There will be the sunrise walks on the shore with my middle son; surf club with my oldest; and indoor soccer with my youngest. There will be bike rides and skateboarding, popsicles and excursions to the market! And who knows what else…….the possibilities are endless!
Yeah! Whooo! Hoooo! Now I know why I was really cheering this morning!
What will you do this summer with your children?
Thank you for more time with my children. Let us make memories that will last a lifetime with you in the center of them all.